Yesterday we decided it was time to go back to pick up our final Permesso di Soggiornos (in Italian, it's probably Permessi, but you you don't need to know about that!) Anyway, when we got the temporary ones they told us we could come back to get the final ones after May 17, so we thought since our class did not start on Wednesday until 11am that we would go early and do the wait in line bit and still get to class on time. At 7:50 we left our appartamento and got on the bus so that we'd be there when it opened. We did, it did, and we jockeyed for our position in line until we got up to the counter a half hour later (trying to hold your ground against other people who are sure they must have the place in front of you in the line - it's a wild and crazy place and one you don't want to go to unless it is absolutely necessary!) only to get up to the window to be told that they only do return people like us on Tuesdays and Thursdays! We still made it to school on time and went back again this morning to do it all over again!
Today our class started at 8am so unfortunately we had to miss it. But, the good news is we didn't have to wait long and we were handed our official, bonafide, authentic, genuine, 100% legal Permessi di Soggiorno (Permits of Stay)!!! We are thrilled and delighted and just wanted to share that with you.
Tonight we are doing dinner with our classmates at another Italian restaurant and we will have something to celebrate!
Rosemary & Bob